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Perl Creator Hints at Imminent Perl 6 Release

Jul 24, 2010, 23:07 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joab Jackson)

"In his annual "State of the Onion" speech at the O'Reilly Open Source Conference (OSCON), Perl creator Larry Wall hinted that the long-awaited version 6 of the Perl programming language might finally be released soon. He also ruminated about the effect that Perl 6 would have, once it is released.

"The running joke Wall has about Perl 6, an ambitious update to the language that has been in development for over a decade, is that it will be out "by Christmas." The punch line is that he doesn't say Christmas of which year.

"With his State of the Onion keynote talk, an annual presentation that charts the progress of the Perl community, Wall usually reiterates this joke. But in this year's talk, held at the OSCON conference being held in Portland Oregon this week, he subtly dropped hints that a workable version of Perl 6 might be available soon. He noted that Perl 6 "pretty near does exist," even if it "still runs very slowly ... and has lots of bugs," he said."

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